Jurgen Klopp admits he should have made Divock Origi captain against FC Midtjylland earlier in the month. His choice made headlines recently.
Trent Alexander-Arnold captained Liverpool against FC Midtjylland earlier in the month. It was a big deal, of course, as a Scouser wore the armband for the first time since Steven Gerrard.
All is well, then. Until this week.
Because it turns out that Mohamed Salah really wanted that armband and felt he earned it. He said as much in an interview with AS. It’s hard to argue against him, too, given he’s one of the greatest player’s in the club’s history.
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Even if you don’t agree with him, you have to understand his disappointment.
Inevitably, this came up in Jurgen Klopp’s press conference ahead of the West Brom game. The Liverpool boss gave his thoughts on it, then – and it’s very straightforward.
The Reds have four ‘captains’ as is – Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, in that order.
The German admits he got it wrong but in an unexpected way. Divock Origi should have been the captain.
“If [the four] all cannot play, usually it is the guy who is longest in the club,” Klopp explained, per the Guardian. “And that, how I saw it, was Trent. I don’t mean youth career, but in his professional career. Then somebody told me that on that basis it should have been Divock Origi. So it was my fault.
“Afterwards I spoke to Mo about it. Then I realised it did not work out that well so I clarified it. Obviously he gave the interview.
“That is not a problem for me. Obviously, he was disappointed. I did not do it on purpose, and if I made a mistake then it was not making Divock Origi captain that day.”
We didn’t see that coming but it certainly suggests Klopp gave little to no thought about the whole thing. Next time, however, you can imagine he will.
And it may prove to be quite a message.